Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
I'd like to train Fergie to tolerate a harness so I can take her out sometimes, but I don't know the best way to do it. I've got the harness, and of course if I just put it on her she starts licking and biting at it. If I bring out her favorite toy, she's happy to play, so I'm figuring she'll learn to tolerate it. And I've tried walking out into the garage holding her with it on, so she'll associate it with going new places and seeing new things. She doesn't get to go out there on her own, but she's always curious about it because of the noises from hubby working on the cars.
However, hubby is concerned that by training her to not be afraid of the outdoors she'll end up clawing through a window screen and getting outside. (She is and always will be an indoor cat, I simply want to be able to take her to visit family or to the pet store.) I said fine, we will ONLY take her outside through the garage, never through a door with a screen, so we won't be encouraging her to associate screens with going out.
Any thoughts? Is there a right and wrong way to do this? And is my hubby worrying for no reason, or does he have a valid concern?
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie